Flying Blue Promo Rewards for September 2021

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Flying Blue Promo Rewards are back again for another month. For the uninitiated, Flying Blue is the loyalty program for Air France, KLM, and a few smaller airlines. And Promo Rewards is the program's monthly promotion to discount award flights by up to 50% off on select routes. Flying Blue may discount any combination of economy, premium economy, and business class awards — depending on the route.

Before COVID-19, Promo Rewards were available on both short- and long-haul flights. Flying Blue halted this promotion for a period of time due to the pandemic, before reviving the program in fall 2020. However, the list of available flight options looks a lot different than before.

This month's offerings mark a long-awaited return to North America, although not yet to the United States. A total of 67 destinations are included on the September listing, nearly a 50% increase from last month. Better yet, among the available destinations are options in Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. However, ever since the pandemic hit, only economy awards have been discounted on available routes.

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Flying Blue Promo Rewards Key Details

  • Tickets must be booked through either the Air France or KLM websites.
  • Book select award flights by September 30, 2021 to enjoy promotional pricing.
  • Travel dates must be between September 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022.
  • Discounts of 25% are advertised this month, all on economy bookings.
  • There are a total of 67 destinations on the full list, including 13 listings outside of Europe.
  • Once again, both Canada and Mexico enjoy multiple options this month:
    • Canada: Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver
    • Mexico: Cancun, Mexico City

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Flying Blue Transfer Partners

If you are short on miles, Flying Blue has an expansive network of partnerships. Flying Blue is one of the few frequent flyer programs that is a transfer partner of all major transferable points programs:

Even outside of Promo Rewards, Flying Blue offers several sweet spots for members to take advantage of.

Our Take

Flying Blue Promo Rewards offer an amazing opportunity to get the most out of your points and miles. Although destinations for August still do not include any within the United States, this month marks a return to a broader global set of destinations after quite a long period of limited options.

In the before times, flyers couldn't change or cancel Promo Rewards tickets. However, travelers can make changes free of charge for travel on or before March 31, 2022, per Flying Blue's updated rebooking policy. As with everything related to COVID-19, this policy may extend longer than that as well. Coupled with the unusually long window of opportunity for travel, Flying Blue is making it easier for travelers to capitalize on these deals.

Remember that Flying Blue is a transfer partner of all major transferable points programs. That means when Flying Blue Promo Rewards expand to your region of the world, you will be able to redeem for discounted awards no matter which transferable points you collect.

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  • Ar least, there are options to redeem flights to North America. It’s a progress.

  • That’s a good notice! After COVID we are plenty of enthusiasm , I want to travel again. probably I’ll take advantage of this promotion

  • The possibility to have a free change is very good indeed.
    Hope to see even more destinations in the future.

  • Got excited when I saw that North America was back. Excitement lessened when I saw that the US was excluded. 🙂

  • I really want to go to Paris, I will take this opportunity with Flying Blue

  • Once again, they have ZERO offers for any kind of business class travel which makes this very limited in use given that the cash prices or these tickets are also fairly low.

  • Good information. This could be good if you were flying with those airlines.

  • Huge fan of the flying blue promos, thanks for the September update!

  • Pretty useless for US based customers or am I missing something?

  • Hope airlines post great promos again

  • This month there are also long haul destinations in offer with Flying Blue.
    The number of these destination is still quite limited but it’s better than having only short flights.
    I think I’ll not book any of these destinations in offer but I hope that also next months we will continue to see long haul flights and even better a greater number of them.

  • I wish the Montreal promo awards this month weren’t limited to off-season. Also, no 50% off awards anymore for any destination.

  • Decent offer from an underrated program with several partners and, as mentioned, partners with all of the flexible points programs (AMEX, Chase, Citi, etc) so topping up your account to a needed award level should be fairly straightforward….great opportunity if you have a redemption in mind for the near future.

  • I’m already enamored with Flying Blue since I cinched my first transatlantic business class redemption with this program recently, for a flight to North Africa next summer. I am looking forward to the Promo Rewards coming stateside again, as that’ll provide even more value.

  • I think that the change and cancellation policy will be extended well into 2022.

  • Its good that international routes are back for Promo Awards but there does not seem to be a single offer for business class. All the offers are for economy only which kind of reduces the value since there are already lots of cheap economy fares available.

  • Well, finally we see some long haul destinations.
    I hope this will continue next months too.
    And even better if there will be more destinations available.

  • There haven’t been any amazing flying blue promo awards since pre-pandemic.

  • This time I´m finally going to Paris

  • Very few offers and all quite short flights.
    Not at all interesting offers.

  • Flying Blue Promos used to be much better than that.

    • The_Bouncer says:

      Yes they have been heavily cut. Hopefully there will be some long haul deals when the restrictions are lifted.

  • I just read on David Lebovitz’s blog that France is reopening to the world by stages of vaccinations. The Flying Blue promo is a great way to look into a Fall visit to Paris.

    Could AwardWallet write about the changes to AirBNB in Paris that are coming about because of the recent law?

    • I saw that law change and it should be really interesting to see how it affects rental properties that were previously full-time. Part of me wonders if three different hosts may each rent the same property for 120 days each…

      We are trying to build out our writing team here at AwardWallet, but we are limited to just focusing on loyalty programs and credit cards. I’d love to be able to build out our team to be able to cover travel topics like that too!

  • Bhikhu Shah says:

    I’m beginning to warm to Flying Blue, since Capital One connected with them.

  • Missing some options in Latin America. Probably due to strict COVID related restrictions. Nonetheless, I have found some very interesting one-way tickets for 29,000 points from Brazil (Sao Paulo) to north America (Montreal, Toronto, NYC), via Amsterdam or Paris. Great option for those in South America who are having a hard time finding options to fly back north.

  • A little better offer than in the recent past even though very few long haul flights on offer.

  • Not the best promo i have seen, was hoping for good offers to Latin America.

  • Juan Ignacio says:

    Great discount, flgihts tickets to European overseas’ territories have always been very expensive.
    A few years ago AF had Pointe-à-Pitre-Atlanta flight, it has a reasonable price.

  • When these are released, I always hold my breath in hopes of LA being a destination. I always end up breathless. ?

  • angelo fonseca says:

    These Caribbean destinations are incredible. How nice that they have a discount on Flying Blue.

  • EU citizens cannot freely travel within the EU themselves.

  • Valentina Maria Fama says:

    It’s great yo hace this type of promo within this unespective moments que área living, thank you I’ll never aware yo use this offer

  • I did not find any route outside of Europe. I looking wrong? 4,500 miles for a flight Ámsterdam – Paris does not seem like a good option, considering that this journey can be done by high-speed train in the same time for less price.

  • Bhikhu Shah says:

    The Capital One transfer rate is great, you can get 50% more miles this way compared to Amex.

  • It’s a pity that sll the promo rewards are for short flights which due to the covid pandemic situation are not expensive at the moment.
    Hope to see some long flights in next round of promo rewards.

  • Miguel Angel Baltanas says:

    Not THE generous offer, but still worth considering to shuttle inside the EU space to an airport from which to take the long haul flight.
    I am keen on this Flying Blue alternative

  • Any availability for June for the Paris – Tunis route?

  • Guillermo Hess says:

    Good promotion, to transfer accumulated miles with Air France and KLM.

  • Good offer
    there used to be higher discounts

  • Love that they are still doing this but even before covid it seems like the N.Amer > Europe options in business where getting slimmer. Still can’t beat Flying Blue miles for lots of J availability transatlantic though, even without the discount.

  • I don’t see any flights at all on the Promo Flights page. Do they simply disappear when they are not available?

  • Joao Souza says:

    Good offer from Flying Blue

  • Gilberto Souza de Morais says:

    I am somewhat disappoimted with the promo for this month. Look forward to more long haul flights offers pretty soon.

  • Great for EU-based flyers! Seems the fuel surcharge may make the promo less appealing though…

  • KLM in particular have good regional coverage in the UK, although you mostly have to start in Paris or Amsterdam for the best promo award deals. Have got good benefit from these in the past.

  • Looking forward to take advantage of this when some of the flights from UK regions start resuming

  • Cash is king right now. Miles redemptions for situations will come back of course, but not at the moment for situations like this.

  • Tim Kimber says:

    I’ve not looked at the Flying Blue membership before although they fly the routes I travel most often. The redemption options seem better than Avios.

  • angelo fonseca says:

    Indeed, the company offered more generous discounts in the past. It is difficult to understand, as the airline market is very slow.

  • Stick the knife in a twist away. Kinda hurts not seeing anything long haul but it is understandable during current times.

  • Since I am based stateside, this does not help me at all. Although in the past, they have had several good promos.

  • The new “flexible” policies are only useful to first and foremost French members based in the mainland France, and perhaps Dutch members living in the Netherlands proper.

  • Flying Blue used to routinely have 50% off, but now it’s generally 25%.

  • IGNACIO MEDINA says:

    I see no point in reedeming miles in this current situation. The best choice is buying a ticket and renewing the expiry dates of accrued miles with it. Surcharges make redeeming miles not that interesting.

  • Due to the pandemic situation the prices are very low at the moment and considering the fuel surcharge sometimes (especially in economy) the redemption of miles doesn’t have much advantage even with these promo rewards.

  • I see some nice economy class promo to the Caribbean from Europe , hope they will add the businessclass promo on those routes too

  • Gilberto Souza de Morais says:

    IMHO, Flying Blue is by far the EU most convenient and valuable frequent flyer program.

  • Oh nice! These are nice rewards early in 2021!! Let’s hope other folllow suit!.

  • I think it’s interesting that the Promo Awards are distinguishing travel on KLM versus Air France. I don’t recall seeing that before, and just recall seeing Promo Awards by destination only and not carrier.

  • I like that AF is being positive but wide distribution of the vaccine isn’t expected til June. It does give the option to people who had have the vaccine at least for summer travel. Right now we don’t know what will be required for Europe, etc for summer travel. I don’t think I would book something yet to make sure I wouldn’t be scrambling at the last minute to cancel or change, if they put the old rules back or not.

  • They run quarterly promos and some of them are pretty amazing. They also are a part of a lot of credit card point programs so it is easy to get flying blue points.

  • Good offer from Flying Blue, I’ve warmed to their programme of late

  • Deals like these make me consider where I’d fly if it were not for covid-19. In reality, though, I won’t be doing any non-essential travel anytime soon.

  • I think technically Saint Martin is in North America but regardless not much for folks in North America to be thrilled about on this one. I also doubt there is that much leisure demand for Paris-Beruit currently. I do like the discount on the Paris-Reunion Island route that’s quite exotic. This island was featured on the latest episode of Grand Tour plus I believe it’s considered as part of France/EU. I was looking for a Paris-Tel Aviv route for my needs but at least they are offering something.

  • There is no way that I will transfer points to the FB program anytime soon. The program is not exceptionally rewarding to non EU members during the the best of times.

  • I feel that these award promos have become more underwhelming.

  • For those of us living in the United States this is a nonevent.

  • I wasn’t aware these awards could be booked so far out in the schedule. Is this a pandemic-related change? If not, I may have missed out on some good opportunities in the past – d’oh!

    • It’s definitely a COVID-related change! There was typically just a two-month travel period (e.g. book in November 2019 for travel in Jan-Feb 2020).

  • If I have Flying Blue points that expire in a year, I book a ticket and cancel my flight. Will that extend the expiration of my points. The points are from a flight I was supposed to take at the end of last March.

  • angelo fonseca says:

    caribbean destinations are great in january, and most of them are open for tourists

  • Gilberto Souza de Morais says:

    I wish Flying Blue could currently offer a saver award for the route Amsterdam – Vancouver. Anyway, I love this program and am glad to fly both KLM and Air France on a regular basis .

  • Limited long haul destinations due to covid I think.
    I think I’ll not book any reward flight as it’s necessary to book by the end of the year.
    Actually, I don’t see clearly what will happen in the next months.

  • 45 deals is pretty good, all things considered. Obviously none are from the US nor do I foresee any in the immediate future.

  • For individuals living in the United States there is nothing to get excited about.

    • If you are planning a trip to Europe, this could help with expanding the number and variety of stops. It won’t work for the December trip I’m working on. But it helps me think about it a little differently.

  • A good deal for travelling when COVID risk decreases.

    • My thoughts, exactly! And the travel partners and I love Flying Blue’s relationships with multiple partner airlines and credit card points currencies

  • Its good that they have restarted these promo awards. Now just hoping the good promos start coming back.

  • This is good promo, but not best. I have to stay at home or else i am afraid i will be get COVID. Make me be health.

  • Using flying blue points after transferring from Chase is one of my best uses for them, love the promos!

  • Juan Ignacio says:

    Flying blue is a good option to collect miles on skyteam airlines. Hope they make a good deal yo buy miles with a nice bonus

  • Hopefully North American flights will return in these promos some time next year when the COVID19 situation improves..

  • No longhaul routes with greater than 20% discount this month. Meh.

  • This shows that the pandemic is still affecting all travel including promos for travel awards.

  • Tahiti would be a nice escape from 2020’s madness. I wonder if they allow US citizens in yet?